Pies and PRs

Happy Birthday America! Every year on the 4th of July I sign-up for the annual 3-mile race in downtown Wilkes-Barre. I started running this event about 10 years ago and I’ve done it in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. One of these days I’ll have to dig through my old running logs and post my times. This was the first year that I actually felt like I was in legit shape and I was ready to race!

I started my morning with the requisite coffee, 1/2 slice toast, pb & j, and a few slices of banana. I ate this about 1 1/2 hours before the event, so I tried to keep it light because I didn’t want too much breakfast sitting in my stomach for such a short event.

pre-race breakfast

I warmed-up for about 2 miles while my personal cheering squad (hi Mom and Rachel!) got ready to spectate. At 9:10am, the race began. I got a pretty good start and focused on running the tangents for the first bit of the race. I went through the mile in 6:25 (good) and then just tried to pick off runners in front of me. I felt like I did a good job focusing on “racing” (i.e. beating other people), but my second and third miles were a bit slower than my first (6:40 pace). I finished in 19:45 and was decently happy with my time (a PR for this event by 45 seconds or so), but my legs didn’t feel like they had enough “pop” in them. I suppose it could be from the two tough workouts I did last week – here’s hoping! There’s something about racing that brings out my type-A personality. I always feel like I could be faster, should be faster. Ah well – I have a 5k coming up at the end of July, perhaps with a small taper my legs will be a little fresher 🙂

Wilkes-Barre YMCA 4th of July 3-mile race

  • 19:45 (6:35 average pace)
  • 7th Female overall
  • 3rd place in 21-25 age group

To the finish!

3-mile race

I cooled down for about 2 miles and then devoured some post-race orange slices.


Best race photographer ever a.k.a. my sister

Rachel and Megan

Post-race I rehydrated with some Gatorade and a slice of flax & fiber toast with pb & j and a sliced banana.


DD Iced coffee! Yesterday was a hot one.

iced coffee

Later in the afternoon my family fired up the grill and got ready for an Independence Day cookout.

On my plate: Grilled portabella mushroom “burger” with Monterrey Jack cheese, arugula, and ketchup. Plus baked beans and sweet potato salad!

4th of July

4th of July

For dessert I took advantage of summer’s fruit and made a yummy pie-cobbler creation. I used whole wheat flour for the crust and included lots of fresh summer fruit, so I didn’t feel guilty at all for having 3 servings yesterday 🙂


Berry, cherry, peach cobbler pie

Pie cobbler

Pie cobbler

Served with ice cream!

Pie cobbler

Pie cobbler

Cherry-Blueberry-Peach Pie (Cobbler)

Adapted from the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbs salted butter
  • 1/2 cup half ‘n’ half
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 large peaches, cored and sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch


  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Cut in 3 Tbs butter until the mixture is crumbly, add in the half ‘n’ half
  • Gather dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured piece of wax paper.
  • Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to a 9″ round, refrigerate the dough (leave on wax paper) for at least 30 minutes
  • While dough is chilling, combine sugar, water, cornstarch, and peaches in a medium sauce pan and heat to boiling. Reduce to simmer and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and add cherries and blueberries. Add all fruit to a deep dish pie plate.
  • Invert pie crust over top of fruit and slowly peel off wax paper. Cut an X in the center of the crust and then peel back the pieces so a window forms.
  • Brush pie with half ‘n’ half. Combine remaining Tbs of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the pie.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes at 400 F degrees. Cover pie loosely with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.
  • Top warm pie with cold vanilla ice cream and devour. YUM!

I spent the rest of the day napping on the front porch, reading library books, eating leftovers, and playing with Kiwi! <3



Question 1: What’s your favorite kind of pie?

Question 2: When you finish a race, are you content with the accomplishment? Or do you feel like you should have gone faster?

  • 1.Peach pie, definitely – here in SC now, they’re in season

    2. I almost always feel like I should have gone faster. Reading Matt Fitzgerald’s new book (“Run”) is helping with that part, though – I highly recommend it.

  • You raced yesterday AND PR’ed? That’s insane. Has that been a string of five PRs or something? If I had anything to do with that, I’d be proud, but I don’t. So I’m just happy for you :).

    Sadly, I rarely finish a race without feeling like I could have done SOMETHING better. I don’t think that’s totally a bad thing, but I do wish I could actually bask in the accomplishment sometimes. Instead, I’m thinking, “Well, if I had picked it up here and stayed strong here…” But that’s why you race again.

    My favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb. But only when my mom makes it.

  • Jen

    I love a good apple pie. Although, I like apple crisp even more. My mom’s chocolate pie comes in second. Since I’ve only run one race, I was very content that I finished with a decent time for me. Glad you did so well in W-B!

  • Love your photos and congrats on the PR!!

    Also, the cobbler sounds incredible. So fresh and summery!

  • Favorite pie? Definitely strawberry rhubarb.

    I always feel excited that I finish a race but know that I could have done better. I usually break it all down in my mind for later to try to and improve.

  • Sounds like a great day! Congrats on the PR!

    That cobbler/pie looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Stay cool in the heat!

  • Nice job at the race! The pie is making my mouth water.

    My 95 year-old, awesome great grandmother makes a mouthwatering lemon cream pie – nothing beats it 🙂

    I usually feel good after races, but always think of at least one thing I could have done better.

  • Mom Jackie

    Hi, I loved, simply loved the fresh fruit cobbler mit ice cream made it even more decadent yum-yum! And hey I know that handsome black cat his name is Kiwi, nice bandanna.

  • Awesome job! I’ve never ran in an actual race, but whenever I go running in the park, I usually feel like I have too much energy left over. (Bad, I know) One reason I’m hesitant to do races is because I KNOW I will be really competitive and hard on myself. I know competition is healthy (and well, you should challenge yourself), but it just scares me for some reason. I need to get over it!

    Ohh and your pie looks delish. I’m pretty easy when it comes to pies…apple, please 🙂

  • umm YES PLEASE TO THE PIE!! soo delish!
    great job on your races girl! YOU ARE THE RUNNING QUEEN

  • Congrats Megan! That’s a great race in tough weather.

  • My favorite kind of pie is peach pie with a granola/graham crust.

    I am usually happy with my time, but at my race yesterday, I was slightly disappointed with my time. I’m learning to not be so hard on myself and be proud of the fact that I was able to do it, :).

  • Mmm, I’ve been wanting an iced coffee for days now! My favorite kind of pie would definitely have to be apple. Congratulations on your PR, and to your sister for her race photog skills! 😉

  • Dutch apple, though yours looks pretty good! 😉

    Yes, I am similiar to you only in the fact that I do think I should have gone faster…if I ever get that kind of time on a 5k though I will then be satisfied! LOL! (I get there in about double that…but I am DETERMINED to get better..just might take me another 3-4 years!

  • OMG. Cat + bandana = genius. Emmy and Parker thank you in advance for that idea. 🙂

    Way to go on the PR! Woohoo!

  • Whoa that’s an awesome time!! Congrats on getting third!

    My favorite cobbler is anything with raspberries. Not very common but incredibly delicious!

  • I like mixed fruit tarts … especially when I’m sitting at a cafe in Paris eating it 🙂

  • I always tried to put clothes on my parent’s cats… massive fail.

  • happy fourth! Hope you had a great weekend! Congrats on a great race!

  • That pie looks awesome!!! I love summer fruit cobblers/pies in the summer time! This one looks fantastic and definitely one I need to try! Congrats on the PR…you are a rockstar!

  • Congrats on a great race! A PR is a PR in my book, whether you felt great or not – it’s awesome. I am hardly ever content with my time when I finish a race. Except for my last marathon. I squeezed in under 3:40 and normally I would kick myself for not getting my first BQ with more of a buffer, but I felt so awful, I was happy to take that BQ any way I could get it.

    I love your kitty Kiwi and her (his?) festive neckware. Can’t believe she dealt with that. My cat would freak out!

    I love blueberry pie! That is my favorite fruit pie. Otherwise, I choose coconut cream pie.

  • Awesome race time, congrats! Ooh, I need to try grilling portabellas!

    1. Blueberry
    2. Depends, if I PR’d, then I’m happy. But if I was slower than usual, not content.

  • YAY! Congrats girl!

  • sub-20 minute 5k? i bow down to you! amazing my dear megan! and i am LOVING LOVING LOVING the looks of that cobbler. cobbler + ice cream ranks at the top of my favorite desserts ever.

    glad you had such a fun weekend 🙂

  • CJ

    New follower and wow that cobbler looks delicious! Will try it out.